Cork City have announced that John Cotter will be taking interim charge of the club following the departure of John Caulfield on Wednesday.
Cotter, who has been on the coaching staff of the club since 2014, will take charge with immediate effect and is currently preparing the team for this Friday’s game away to Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
The new boss had a successful playing career with Cork City and then Avondale United, which saw him win the FAI Cup and League Cup with City before moving into management, where he enjoyed great success with Avondale at both local and national level
Speaking on his new role Cotter said; “I’m delighted and honoured to take up this new interim role. I’m looking forward to getting the head down now and trying to get the club back up the table as quickly as possible. We have an excellent team of backroom staff that can achieve that.”
Cork also confirmed that club captain Alan Bennett and Head of Academy, Colin Healy are to join the management team with immediate effect.
Bennett will take up the role of interim assistant manager and has recently been a part of the club’s academy coaching staff.
Commenting on the news, Bennett said: “It has been an honour to play for and captain this club, and I am now looking forward to working with John and the rest of the backroom staff over the coming days and weeks. Our focus now is on preparing the team for tomorrow’s game at Dalymount Park and trying to put together a run of results that will help propel the team back up the table.”
Former Irish international Healy, as well as overseeing the Academy, is also the current manager of the club’s Under 19 team, and will continue in both of these roles, alongside his first-team duties.
Healy told CorkCityFC.ie “Having spent the last eighteen months working with the club’s Academy, I am now looking forward to getting involved with the First Team and helping John and Alan, as well as the players.”